Nvidia RTX 3060 Available now in NZ!

The new Nvidia RTX 3060 graphics cards is set to be released on February 26th at 6am here in New Zealand, with awesome new options in a wide range of aftermarket cooling designs from EVGA, Asus, Gigabyte available on day one with more to come!

Being a 30 series RTX GPU, this new 3060 is super powerful, as we’ve come to expect from this latest generation of graphics cards, and the first options also have a rather massive allocation of memory at 12GB running with a 192-bit memory bus – that’s more and less than the just-released RTX3060Ti, which has 8GB at 256-bit, we’re unsure if/when other memory options are coming.

That aside the RTX 3060 is a very exciting graphic card with slightly lower spec’s than the Ti version across the board, and thanks to those relaxed power requirements and great performance, it’s sure to be extremely popular. The RTX 3060 is geared to support the latest Nvidia feature sets, including Broadcast for streamers and NVIDIA Reflex for high FPS gamers, which is even more exciting now with some of the compatible mice, such as the Logitech PRO X Superlight, being released already.

Looking at the base specs we see the RTX 3060 packs in 3,584 cores, with its base clock from Nvidia showing 1.32GHz – it’s going to be very interesting to see how far EVGA, Asus and Gigabyte can push this default spec up! If the mighty Gigabyte AORUS RTX 3060 Elite shown above is any indication of what we can expect – it’s going to be quite the race.

On the other end of the spectrum, we see the EVGA RTX 3060 cooler design for their black series is looking super cool too, suitably dark and low key in comparison!

Oddly, these are also looking to be the first new RTX 30 GPU that Nvidia hasn’t shown a Founders Edition for, so it’s going to be interesting to see if those might come a bit later with other memory configuration, but that’s just speculation at this point.

You can check out all the latest RTX3060 options as soon as they become available (6am, early Friday morning here in NZ) in the Nvidia Store at PB Tech.

GAME ON!

GGPC February 2021 with Logitech G!

UPDATE: This event has now ended, check out the latest GGPC Promotions here!

UPDATE: Congrats to the February event winner, Peter P!

OH YEAH! It’s February 2021 and that means we’re back with awesome new Gaming PC builds + new Logitech G goodies up for grabs!

Get yourself a Good Gaming PC this month and you can register to redeem a G240 Gaming Mouse Pad to go with your new Gaming Rig. The G240 Gaming Mouse Pad provides edge-to-edge performance on a clean surface with just the right amount of friction for low-DPI manoeuvres. Crafted for maximum control of your mouse movements, your gaming will benefit from the consistent surface texture, also giving your mouse sensors better imagery for translating mouse movement into cursor movement.

A solid mouse pad for any mouse, but that’s not all, our Massive Gaming Prize Pack will also be going out to one lucky gamer!

IMPORTANT: To be in to win the MEGA Prize you must register for the Logitech G240 Bonus!

Our grand prize pack for February 2021 includes the latest Gaming Mouse design from Logitech G, with more awesomeness that all comes together to make an awesome gamer setup.

Our lucky winner will be competition-ready with the latest Logitech G PRO X SUPERLIGHT wireless gaming mouse in hand, the lightest and fastest PRO mouse ever. Meticulously redesigned and engineered to reduce weight while enhancing performance, the Logitech G PRO X SUPERLIGHT is the new weapon of choice for the world’s top esports athletes.

A great mouse indeed, and of the few gaming mice that’s compatible (in wired mode) with that fancy new Nvidia REFLEX tech!

It’s a top mouse that’s built to last, but our February winner will also need a top headset so they can hear the enemy and talk to the team… and we’ve got that covered with the awesome Logitech G332 Gaming Headset, which is looking great in black and red.

A 6mm microphone makes sure your squad-mates can hear you, and with the popular flip-to-mute boom feature it can silence you when you don’t want to be heard. Everything else about these headphones revolves around player comfort: The deluxe lightweight leatherette ear cups and headband are made to keep pressure off your ears. Pop it onto your head and you’ll be treated to the glorious audio that comes from the big 50mm drivers within.

Completing the winners’ setup this February is a keyboard that’s 4x faster than standard, the G213 Prodigy Gaming Keyboard was designed for gaming, featuring ultra-quick, responsive feedback and an anti-ghosting matrix that keeps you in control when you press multiple gaming keys simultaneously.

Wow! What a bunch of prizes!

Check out the all the latest Gaming PC builds and Logitech G prizes, and keep your eyes on the GGPC Blog as we’ll announce the lucky MEGA PRIZE PACK winner at the end of the month!

GAME ON!

NVIDIA CALL OF DUTY COLD WAR GAME BUNDLE WITH RTX 3080 & RTX 3090

UPDATE: This promotion has now ended, redemption is still open for a very limited time (expected last day for vendor redemption websites is 18th Feb)

Gear up and get ready for some amazing team shooter gameplay with the latest register to redeem game code offer for the upcoming FPS extravaganza, Call of Duty Black Ops: Cold War!

This time it’s for those grabbing themselves selected RTX 3080 or RTX 3090 graphics cards, or gaming PC featuring this hardware.

This promotion is for eligible purchases from October 30th, 2020 –  February 11 2021, but only from certain brands (see the PB Tech RTX Call of Duty: Cold War Promotion in NZ)

The register to redeem part of this promotion depends on the specific graphics card brand purchased, see the NZ links below to claim your game code.

Register to Redeem Asus / ROG / TUF GPU = https://www.asus.com/events/infoM/activity_call-of-duty-black-ops-cold-war

Register to Redeem Gigabyte / AORUS GPU = https://au.aorus.com/event-detail.php?i=1723 (redemption now closed)

Register to Redeem EVGA GPU = https://au.evga.com/articles/01453/get-call-of-duty

Register to Redeem MSi GPU = https://au.msi.com/Promotion/the-ultimate-play

COD Black OPS Cold War: A gripping single-player Campaign awaits players, come face-to-face with historical figures and hard truths, battle around the globe through iconic locales like East Berlin, Vietnam, Turkey, Soviet KGB headquarters, and more!

The next chapter of the iconic Black Ops Multiplayer experience is here, defined by signature combat, deniable operations, and a connected experience across platforms and generations.

Black Ops Cold War will also support and build on the hit, free-to-play PC game experience Call of Duty: Warzone.

Experience the next generation of global combat in Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War with NVIDIA’s GeForce RTX 30 Series. Dedicated RT Cores for ray tracing and Tensor Cores for groundbreaking AI acceleration with NVIDIA DLSS. NVIDIA Reflex for the lowest latency and best responsiveness. GeForce RTX 30 Series.

GAME ON!

GGPC January 2021 Winner Announced!

UPDATE: This event has now ended, check out the latest GGPC Promotions here!

UPDATE: Congrats to the January event winner, Sam P

Happy new year! It’s January 2021 and that means we’ve got a bunch of awesome new Gaming PC builds + new Logitech G goodies up for grabs!

Get yourself a Good Gaming PC this month and you can register to redeem a G240 Gaming Mouse Pad to go with your new Gaming Rig.

The G240 Gaming Mouse Pad provides edge-to-edge performance on a clean surface with just the right amount of friction for low-DPI manoeuvres. Crafted for maximum control of your mouse movements, your gaming will benefit from the consistent surface texture, also giving your mouse sensors better imagery for translating mouse movement into cursor movement.

A solid mouse pad for any mouse, but that’s not all, our Massive Gaming Prize Pack will also be going out to one lucky gamer!

IMPORTANT: To be in to win the MEGA Prize you must register for the Logitech G240 Bonus!

Our grand prize pack for January 2020 includes three of the best releases from Logitech G all working together to make an awesome gamer setup.

Our lucky winner will enjoy superb team communication and booming audio with this Logitech Pro X DTS Gaming Headset!

BLUE VO!CE microphone technology gives you a choice of real-time voice filters to reduce noise, add compression and de-essing, and ensure that your voice sounds richer, cleaner, and more professional. Get consistent, studio-quality, in-game vocal comms with BLUE VO!CE via G HUB Gaming Software.

The memory foam earpieces are interchangeable with premium leatherette or breathable velour give you lasting comfort while the sleek frame constructed of aluminum and steel, is both lightweight and sturdy. PRO X gaming headphones are built for durability, comfort, and a premium aesthetic.

Our January 2021 winner is also going to need a great mouse and for that we’ve got one of the best mice in the world – the Logitech G502 Hero.

The Logitech G502 Hero Gaming Mouse which features the HERO 16K sensor,  full RGB LED Lighting and tunable weight options included. Capable of tracking insane flicks at speeds over 400 IPS without spinning out, HERO 16K delivers peak performance at any sensitivity with zero smoothing, acceleration, or filtering from 100 to 16,000 DPI. HERO 16K also consumes 10x less power than predecessors, like PMW3366. Adjustable RGB lighting lets you select from up to 16.8 million colours and as our lucky winner is going to have a complete setup, Logitech Gaming Software will allow them to customise everything, and you can then set this theme over the whole kit – synchronizing lighting patterns and effects to bring the gaming setup to life with breathing or light cycling!

When it comes time to play you can have your setup adjust to pre-loaded colour configurations automatically, each perfect setup highlighting the keys for the specific game you’re playing!

Certainly a great mouse for any gamer, but that’s not all we’ve got up for grabs this January. Completing the winners setup is a keyboard 4x faster than standard, the G213 Prodigy Gaming Keyboard was designed for gaming, featuring ultra-quick, responsive feedback that is up to 4x faster than the 8ms report rate of standard keyboards and an anti-ghosting matrix that keeps you in control when you press multiple gaming keys simultaneously.

The G213 Prodigy features Logitech keys that are specially tuned to deliver a superior tactile response and performance profile. At full height, they deliver a full 4mm travel distance, 50g actuation force, and a quiet sound operation.

Wow! What a bunch of prizes!

Check out the all the latest Gaming PC builds and Logitech G prizes, and keep your eyes on the GGPC Blog as we’ll announce the lucky MEGA PRIZE PACK winner at the end of the month!

GAME ON!

GGPC December Winner Announced!

UPDATE: This event has now ended, check out the latest GGPC Promotions here!

UPDATE: Congratulations to the December 2020 Winner – Naomi B!

WOOHOOOOO! It’s December (finally!) and that means we’ve got a bunch of awesome new Gaming PC builds + new Logitech G goodies up for grabs!

Get yourself a Good Gaming PC this month and you can register to redeem a G240 Gaming Mouse Pad to go with your new Gaming Rig.

The G240 Gaming Mouse Pad provides edge-to-edge performance on a clean surface with just the right amount of friction for low-DPI manoeuvres. Crafted for maximum control of your mouse movements, your gaming will benefit from the consistent surface texture, also giving your mouse sensors better imagery for translating mouse movement into cursor movement.

A solid mouse pad for any mouse, but that’s not all, our Massive Gaming Prize Pack will also be going out to one lucky gamer!

IMPORTANT: To be in to win the MEGA Prize you must register for the Logitech G240 Bonus!

Our grand prize pack for December 2020 includes three of the best from Logitech G, all coming together to form an amazing gaming setup!

Up first is a top rated Logitech Pro X TKL Gaming Keyboard, featuring Logitech’s own exclusive Romer-G mechanical switches purpose built for pro-grade performance, responsiveness and durability these have a very short actuation point at just 1.5mm making them around 25% faster than a standard mechanical switch. A perfect blend of speed, precision and quiet performance, the Romer-G is the stealth assassin of mechanical gaming keyboard switches 🙂

The compact tenkeyless design which frees up desk space for big mouse movements. Durability is built into every component and reinforced by a super-strong steel backplate that adds stability and rigidity to gameplay.

Up next is the latest G733 Wireless LIGHTSPEED Gaming Headset, a super comfortable audio extravaganza outfitted with all the surround sound, voice filters, and advanced lighting you need to look, sound, and play with more style than ever.

What a combo! But we’re not done yet – completing our ultimate setup is the exceptional new Logitech G203 Gaming Mouse!

Featuring LightSync RGB, our lucky December winner can choose from vibrant animations and colours from the massive spectrum of options, you can even let the RGB control themselves, pulsing along with the audio from the game. Enjoy accurate cursor tracking and responsive performance thanks to a gaming-grade sensor, with adjustable sensitivity from 200 – 8,000 DPI.

Wow! What a bunch of prizes!

Check out the all the latest Gaming PC builds and Logitech G prizes, and keep your eyes on the GGPC Blog as we’ll announce the lucky MEGA PRIZE PACK winner at the end of the month!

AMD Rewards Far Cry 6 with Selected Ryzen 5000 Series 7 & 9 CPU!

UPDATE: This promotion has now ended but codes can still be redeemed (limited time)

Please Note: Codes expire on January 30th 2021, please activate ASAP! If you get stuck the AMD Rewards team are awesome and you can contact them via www.amdrewards.com/support for help.

This offer is only available on selected AMD Ryzen 7 & 9 CPU, and only from eligible retailers (PB Tech in New Zealand).

From November 6th – December 31st 2020 the eligible CPU are:

Ryzen 7 5800X
Ryzen 9 5900X
Ryzen 9 5950X

Far Cry 6: Dive into the gritty world of a modern-day guerilla revolution to liberate a nation from its oppressive dictator Anton, who wants to build the wealth of the nation for his son to inherit – he will sacrifice the freedom and lives of anyone who stands in his way.

Please note: The Far Cry 6 game release date is February 18th, 2021.

After revolution and decades of foreign economic sanctions and blockade, Yara has been frozen in time, forcing its people to find new ways to adapt. In its past life, Yara was a prosperous nation and a tropical paradise that attracted travellers from all over the world, excited to explore its lush jungles, pristine beaches, and sprawling capitol city!

It’s going to be an exciting adventure, and being a Far Cry series game, co-op too!

GAME ON!

LOGITECH GGPC NOVEMBER WINNER ANNOUNCED!

UPDATE: This event has now ended, check out the latest GGPC Promotions here!

UPDATE: Congratulations to our November winner, Nadine S!

Oh yeah! It’s November and that means we’ve got a bunch of awesome new Gaming PC builds + new Logitech G goodies up for grabs!

Get yourself a Good Gaming PC this month and you can register to redeem a G240 Gaming Mouse Pad to go with your new Gaming Rig.

The G240 Gaming Mouse Pad provides edge-to-edge performance on a clean surface with just the right amount of friction for low-DPI manoeuvres. Crafted for maximum control of your mouse movements, your gaming will benefit from the consistent surface texture, also giving your mouse sensors better imagery for translating mouse movement into cursor movement.

A solid mouse pad for any mouse, but that’s not all, our Massive Gaming Prize Pack will also be going out to one lucky gamer!

IMPORTANT: To be in to win the MEGA Prize you must register for the Logitech G240 Bonus!

Our grand prize pack for November 2020 includes three of the latest releases from Logitech G and together it’s valued at over $800 NZD!

Up first is the latest G733 Wireless LIGHTSPEED Gaming Headset, a super comfortable audio extravaganza outfitted with all the surround sound, voice filters, and advanced lighting you need to look, sound, and play with more style than ever.

Embrace total wireless freedom with up to 20m of range and up to 29 hours of battery life. G733 features advanced audio technologies for immersive audio in your favourite games. The ultra-lightweight design is just 278 grams and features a suspension headband design with memory foam earpads for long-lasting comfort.

Our lucky November winner is going to need a great mouse to go with that headset and we’ve got that covered with the latest Logitech G305 Wireless Gaming Mouse! A wireless gaming mouse designed for serious performance with latest technology innovations.

Mechanical button tensioning with separated buttons enhances the consistency of the left and right primary mouse buttons and helps reduce the force needed to click. This results in crisp, reliable button performance our lucky November winner can depend on, even in the most intense gaming sessions!

What a combo! But we’re not done yet – completing our ultimate setup is the exceptional new Logitech G915 TKL LIGHTSYNC Wireless RGB Mechanical Keyboard – in tactile white for a perfect match. The TLK design gives gamers everything they need.

Meticulously crafted from premium materials, the G915 TKL is a sophisticated design of unparalleled beauty, strength, and performance, now in an even more compact form factor. With LIGHTSPEED pro-grade wireless, advanced LIGHTSYNC RGB, and high-performance low-profile mechanical switches, it’s a keyboard that is sure to please our lucky November winner as they happily play their favourite games!

WoWoWoooW!! What a bunch of prizes!

Check out the all the latest Gaming PC builds and Logitech G prizes, and keep your eyes on the GGPC Blog as we’ll announce the lucky MEGA PRIZE PACK winner at the end of the month!

GAME ON!

New RTX 3070 Graphics Cards Available Now in New Zealand!

UPDATE: RTX 3070 Graphics Card are available for order now.

UPDATE: RTX 3090 Graphics Card are available for order now.

UPDATE: RTX 3080 Graphics Card are available for order now.

Woohooo! New Nvidia GeForce graphics cards have been revealed and it’s all looking very good indeed for gamer’s in New Zealand with the most powerful RTX 3080 expected arrive first, followed by the RTX 3090 and lastly RTX 3070 graphics card models.

Looking closer at the flagship RTX 3090 we see a massive PCB and cooler, with 24GB GDDR6X memory under the hood for the fastest possible performance. Oddly, the RTX 3080 and RTX 3090 reference cooler design looks to outtake air in new directions – not to worry though, lots of great aftermarket versions are coming our way 🙂

Quickly recapping the key points from the Nvidia presentation, the new RTX 30 series graphics cards were unveiled during a virtual launch event by NVIDIA founder and CEO Jensen Huang. During the event which it was also announced that Fortnite, the pop culture gaming phenomenon, is turning on RTX real-time ray tracing, adding four ray-traced features for a more immersive gaming experience, including reflections, shadows, global illumination and ambient occlusion. Fortnite is the latest blockbuster game to turn RTX On, joining Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War and a large group of AAA titles, such as Cyberpunk 2077, Dying Light 2 and Watch Dogs: Legion – which was also highlighted in a game bonus offer. (we’ve asked the Nvidia team to see if we’re eligible in NZ.)

Huang additionally revealed powerful new tools for gamers, including NVIDIA Reflex, which makes competitive gamers quicker; Omniverse Machinima, for video game storytelling using real-time computer graphics engines; and NVIDIA Broadcast, which harnesses AI to turn any room into a home broadcast studio.

“Today’s launch of NVIDIA Ampere GPUs is a giant step into the future,” said Huang. “The work of thousands of engineering years, the GeForce RTX 30 Series delivers our greatest generational leap ever. NVIDIA RTX fuses programmable shading, ray tracing and AI for developers to create entirely new worlds. Twenty years from now, we’ll look back and realise that the future of gaming started here.”

The new RTX 30 Series GPUs are packed full of cutting-edge features, with over two decades of graphics R&D, technology including:

– World’s fastest graphics memory: NVIDIA has worked with Micron to create the world’s fastest discrete graphics memory for the RTX 30 Series, GDDR6X. It provides data speeds of close to 1TB/s system memory bandwidth for graphics card applications, maximising game and app performance.

– Next-gen process technology: New 8N NVIDIA custom process from Samsung, which allows for higher transistor density and more efficiency.

– New streaming multiprocessors: The building block for the world’s fastest, most efficient GPU, delivering 2x the FP32 throughput of the previous generation, and 30 Shader-TFLOPS of processing power.

– Second-gen RT Cores: New dedicated RT Cores deliver 2x the throughput of the previous generation, plus concurrent ray tracing and shading and compute, with 58 RT-TFLOPS of processing power.

– Third-gen Tensor Cores: New dedicated Tensor Cores, with up to 2x the throughput of the previous generation, making it faster and more efficient to run AI-powered technologies, like NVIDIA DLSS, and 238 Tensor-TFLOPS of processing power.

– DLSS: AI-Powered Gaming Acceleration NVIDIA DLSS, one of the biggest graphics breakthroughs of the past decade, uses the deep learning neural network powered by RTX Tensor Cores. When enabled, DLSS improves performance in titles such as Control, Minecraft with RTX for Windows 10 and Death Stranding, while generating images that are comparable to native resolution. DLSS will be heading to Boundary, Bright Memory Infinite, Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, Cyberpunk 2077, Fortnite, Ready or Not, Scavengers and Watch Dogs: Legion. For those with more powerful PC configurations, a new Ultra Performance mode enables DLSS to run up to 8K

– NVIDIA RTX IO: Enables rapid GPU-based loading and game asset decompression, accelerating input/output performance by up to 100x compared with hard drives and traditional storage APIs. In conjunction with Microsoft’s new DirectStorage for Windows API,(1) RTX IO offloads dozens of CPU cores’ worth of work to the RTX GPU, improving frame rates and enabling near- instantaneous game loading.

You can watch the full Nvidia event recap on YouTube above, we’ll continue to get all the details together and get ready for some massive game FPS testing – will there be an performance advantage to PCIe 4.0? Will the 313mm length have us cutting cases so it can fit? We’re excited to find out.

GAME ON!